Whiskey Review: Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Review: Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Glenfiddich 14 Year OldEditor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article.

While bourbon currently remains the drink of choice for so many in the whiskey world, Glenfiddich continues in their quest towards single malt domination while giving a nod to today’s hottest of spirits. Not be confused with the previously released Age Of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve 19 year old single malt, Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve is a 14 year old release for the US market exclusively. It is a bold move which is embodied by the striking blue case housing the bottle. This is intentionally evocative of the state flag of Kentucky, home of Bourbon County.

Aged 14 years in ex-bourbon American Oak casks before finishing in deep-charred new American Oak barrels and bottled at 43% ABV (86 proof), Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve is available in US markets at a suggested retail price of $49.99 per 750ml bottle. This new flash of blue on the shelf mixed in with more traditional Glenfiddich offerings is difficult to miss. It is worth noting that this is not a limited release, but rather a permanent addition to the American Glenfiddich line.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Golden-amber with legs that coat the glass nicely.

Nose: Strong malt notes with a solid representation of oak, fruit, and spice.

Palate: Silky mouthfeel, flavors of corn and caramel with oak and quite a bit of cinnamon.

Finish: Long and warm. More bright than burn.

Conclusion:

Simultaneously paying homage to and attempting to lure marketshare from its American cousins, this Glendfiddich is only slightly more of a bruiser than some of its more mature siblings. The charred oak finish is quite apparent as it adds a brightness to the tail end of the taste profile. While this is a fun and enjoyable departure for Glenfiddich collectors, it is probably unlikely to make an instantaneous convert out of most bourbon loyalists.

Score: 82 [SHOP FOR A BOTTLE OF GLENFIDDICH BOURBON BARREL RESERVE]